The decision taken by the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) to start repair work of roads leading to the docks after monsoon has brought a sigh of relief among residents in the area.
KoPT has chalked out plans to repair and develop many dock roads in the city – Coal Dock road, Sonai road and Sonarpur road – at an estimated cost of Rs 15.33 crores.
MT Krishna Babu, Chairman, KoPT said that after discussions with different agencies concerned with road maintenance and streamlining of the multi-dimensional operation, the aforementioned works of KoPT would start by October this year which will likely be completed within a year.
KoPT is also taking up emergency repair works of some roads at a cost of Rs. one crore, which will be completed before Durga Puja.
Keeping the infrastructural need in view, KoPT has already completed repair works of Hide road and Taratalla road at an approximate cost of Rs. 5.5 crore.
As a part of a comprehensive road development, KoPT authorities are requesting Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to take up repair works of other roads – stating that they are public roads – like Circular Garden Reach road, Strand Bank road, Taratalla road and Hide road.
“With the efforts of KoPT, KMC and the active monitoring of Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, all the port-related roads at Kolkata Port city will see people-friendly roads for the benefit of trade, commerce, port and shipping and the common masses at large,” Krishna Babu said.